Awards honour best
Outstanding Central Otago businesses and individuals who exemplify the spirit of the region were honoured at the 2013 Central Otago Awards last week.
The biennial awards, which were held in Roxburgh, recognised the businesses and individuals that integrate the region's values into their everyday lives.
Central Otago and the Breakers basketball team may seem strange bedfellows, but Breakers general manager and guest speaker Richard Clarke told those at the awards night, ". . . being part of a strong and proud community resonates with me".
His message struck chords with many present, with several of the award recipients and judges using his words in their speeches.
The ten-year story of the Breakers was a fascinating one and while Auckland was the other end of the country, the culture Mr Clarke fostered within the team reflected the values in The World of Difference brand.
Following his success in the Trustpower Awards, James Botting of Roxburgh took out the Youth Award.
The judges could not separate the two finalists in the Young Apprentice Award, Paul Duncan of Davis Auto Electrical Alexandra and Ryan Bain of Robb's Garage Roxburgh being joint winners. The Business Excellence Award was a difficult one to pick with four very good finalists; Kate Scott of BTW South taking it from Pioneer Generation who were highly commended, Breen's Construction and Closeburn Station.
Community Service Awards were presented to Helena Heydelaar, Maureen Davis, Russell Lambeth and Russell Fawcett of Alexandra, Kath Thomas of Naseby and Ella Davidson of Roxburgh.
Award winners were presented with a handcrafted recycled glass trophy made by artisan Phil Newbury, of Invercargill.
The trophy design was inspired by Central Otago's landscape, history, contours and colours.